2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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mani_fold
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by mani_fold » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:14 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium-large state school
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: >3.9
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96)
V: 166 (97)
W: 5.5 (98)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71)

Program Applying: Pure & Applied math

Research Experience: 5 semesters + summers working on various original research projects with faculty advisors at home university. Variety of topics mostly centered on analysis on graphs. No REUs. Lots of conferences; e.g. 3 years JMM, poster at UMS. A handful of regional conferences and a couple of seminar talks. 4 original manuscripts, 5th due soon, with 3 more expository manuscripts.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Standard honor roll awards, with some more specialized departmental awards. No huge national honors outside of some conference awards. National Merit scholarship.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored calculus all four years of undergrad, with recent grading assignments.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I think I have 45-50 total number of enrolled math courses (this includes research credits). Among these are probably 15 or so graduate level classes (this excludes research). In particular, I specialized academically early on in analysis and made an effort to exhaust every analysis course at my school thru Ph.D.. I have four letter writers; three are professors who have known me all of undergrad and have advised original/expository research. The fourth is supervisor from department math lab, also known all of undergrad.

Applying to Where:

Longshots
Princeton
MIT
Yale
UCLA
CalTech
Stanford
Michigan

Ambitious but not insane
Brown
Georgia Tech
UT Austin
UC San Diego
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Ohio State - Accepted 12/31 (w/ funding)
North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Unofficial acceptance

Safety (in theory)
University of Utah
Texas A&M - Accepted 1/24 (w/ funding)
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oyoyoy
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by oyoyoy » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Private
Major(s): Computational & Applied Math
Minor(s): Music
GPA: 3.85 Overall / 3.83 Math
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 800 (78%)

Program Applying: Applied Math PhD

Research Experience: Two national lab summer internships, currently a full-time predoc at a national lab. One conference publication in data mining, one preprint in numerical linear algebra.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, departmental honors, nothing huge.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Two years of CS research/development (databases, data mining) before moving to more mathy research.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Four grad classes in math and math-focused statistics. One famous recommender in my area of interest.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a lot of stats and CS experience but didn't take a lot of "fundamental" math courses (topology, PDEs, etc). My math grades are not stellar - got some B+'s.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Reach:
Stanford - ICME
UC Berkeley - Applied Math
NYU - Applied Math
MIT - Applied Math & CSE
Caltech - ACM/CMS

Match?:
Cornell - Applied Math
Yale - Applied Math
Brown - Applied Math
Duke - Math
UC San Diego - Math/CSME
UT Austin - CSEM
UMN Twin Cities - Math
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wth961209
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by wth961209 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:42 am

Undergrad Institution: Public, Top 30
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.7 (Major GPA 3.9), 3.5(in master program)
Type of Student: International

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 159 (83%) 2017 August
V: 168 (93%) 2017 August
W: 3.0 (15%) 2017 August
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830(82%) 2017 Sept

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D (Algebra/Algebraic Number Theory)

Research Experience: Found the explicit basis for space of centralizer of a given matrix in arbitrary field k, and some reading courses.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's Award, PBK honor society, Excellent TA Award
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TAed for Calculus, Linear Algebra, Number Theory
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Ph.D pass in Algebra, Ph.D- pass in Complex Analysis, Master pass in Real Analysis
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Got rejected from all programs 2 years ago. Continued in master program at home institution.


Applying to Where:
Columbia
Upenn
University of Michigan
UCI
Ohio State
UW
UIC
Penn State
Emory
University of Arizona

ccar
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by ccar » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:30 am

Undergrad Institution: Boise State University
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.57 because I didn't put any effort in non-major classes (bad idea). Major GPA 3.94, Minor GPA 4.0
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (93rd percentile)
V: 166 (97th percentile)
W: 5.5 (98th percentile)

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 540 (24th percentile) in September
M: 700 (59th percentile) in October


Program Applying: Pure Math/Applied Math

Research Experience: Faculty-guided independent research, which turned into my senior thesis. I wrote a paper that I submitted to an undergraduate journal. Under graduate research assistant for a STEM education study conducted by the Educational Technology department. Not the type of research I wanted to do, but it was a paid research assistantship and there weren't any other options for work/research at the time.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Does Dean's list with highest honors for two semesters count?

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for statistics and upper-division math, like analysis, abstract algebra, etc. Learning Assistant (basically a TA minus the grading) for a ton of classes.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Not really. Maybe that my advanced calculus and linear algebra classes were undergrad/grad cross list?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I dunno

Applying to Where:

Reach/Match list
Michigan State
UNC
CU Boulder
North Carolina State
University of Minnesota
Texas A&M
Rensselaer Polytechnic
University of Arizona
Louisiana State

Backup masters programs
Portland State University Accepted / waiting on funding
Boise State University
University of Minnesota Duluth
Villanova

vzlamath
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by vzlamath » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:47 pm

Undergrad Institution: top school in state (MidWest)
Major(s): Applied Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering
Minor(s): Computational Science, High Performance Computing, Geoscience
GPA: 3.6/4.0
Type of Student: International, male

Graduate Institution: same as undergrad
Major: M.S. Applied Mathematics
GPA: 4.0/4.0

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (82%)
V: 153 (60%)
W: 6.0 (99%)

TOEFL Score: waived

Program Applying: mostly Applied Math PhD, some pure Math PhD

Research Experience: 1-year graduate research/thesis in computational methods and numerical differential equations.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full-tuition scholarship for undergrad. Assistantship for grad school. Departmental awards. Honor Societies.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA in Calculus, TA in petroleum department. 3-years as academic tutor.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Good at programming.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: About 10 graduate classes taken.
Other Info: Also applying to some PhD's in Petroleum Engineering (UT-Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Stanford, USC, Mines, Penn State, LSU, Oklahoma, Tulsa, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Houston)

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Applied Math SEAS
MIT - Computational Science & Engineering (CSE)
Columbia - Applied Math
Rice - Computational & Applied Math (CAAM)

Maryland - AMSC
Stony Brook - Applied Math (AMS)
Illinois Tech - Applied Math
Southern Methodist - Computational & Applied Math - Accepted 1/21 with TA (tuition waiver and stipend)

Brandeis - Mathematics
Rensselaer - Mathematics
Houston - Mathematics
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totient16
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by totient16 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:59 pm

Undergrad Institution: Ivy
Major(s): Mathematics, History
GPA: 3.9 (Math GPA 3.8; much lower than my GPA from my other classes :? )
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 850 (86%) - FWIW, I failed the test (~50%) three times before getting a decent score. I've seen a lot of posts on this forum about how the mGRE is (or should be) trivial and I just don't think that's true.
TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D. (in something algebraic)

Research Experience: Two summers working with professors at my home institution. One REU. One paper; some stuff under review but I think it’ll never get published because the problems were quite silly (see thoughts on combo below).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental award for history thesis. Nominated for Goldwater, but I think they were too fixated on my math GPA.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graded for some calculus courses. Helped run some events for women in math, didn't write about this much though because I don't want to sound male savior-y. It was just something I personally believed in doing, whether or not it helps me get in anywhere.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One graduate course in analysis. Edited a politics journal for two years.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: B’s in a couple of math classes. My letter writers know me very well, but two of them are postdocs because I had trouble building relationships with tenured professors at my school. It might look suspicious that I did three summers of combinatorics research but I didn’t write about it in my essays. I don't like combinatorics and the problems I was given were extremely pointless, but I kept doing it because that’s what undergrads are expected to do. REUs (and undergrad research generally) are pretty overrated tbh.

Applying to Where: (alphabetical, since this is less arbitrary than US News rankings :P )
Cambridge
Columbia
Cornell
Harvard
Michigan
MIT
UC Berkeley
UCSD
U Chicago
admitted on 01/09
UIUCadmitted on 01/08
UT Austin
University of Utah

ChimiSeanGa
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by ChimiSeanGa » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium sized state school
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.93 overall, 4.0 math
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (95%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 800 (78%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: REU at my undergrad institution, and senior project research paper was published
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several awards/scholarships from my undergrad math department and college, summa cum laude
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently working at a large tech company in the Bay Area

Applying to Where:
Boston University -
Brown University -
Colorado State University -
University of California, Berkeley -
University of Chicago -
University of Colorado, Boulder -
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Admitted 1/9
University of Massachusetts, Amherst -
University of Michigan -
University of Oregon -
University of Pennsylvania -
University of Utah -
University of Virginia -
University of Washington -
University of Wisconsin -

convergency75
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Joined: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:39 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by convergency75 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 60 Private but not famous for math
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.96
Math GPA: 4
Type of Student: Asian Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 155 (68%)
V: 161 (76%)
W: 3.5 (39%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (46%) 2019 April 6th
M: 760 (71%) 2019 October 26th

I didn't really care too much about GRE because I believe it does not indicate at all whether one can be successful in grad school. i just took it once and then ignored it.
I did care about GRE math because it is important to master all the undergrad material. It was much more fun to study than GRE anyway.
I was never good at calculating stuff because I spent much more time doing proof than these calculating things. As you see I didn't do very well on the first exam, but for the second exam I really really studied. You all can improve by studying! Believe in yourself.
To get a 760 you don't need to know how to do the very hard questions. You just need to remember all the things from calc, linear algebra and differential equations. Also PRACTICE A LOT! I woke up and got to library at 8:30 to do practice problems on Saturday for 4 weeks.
Also, I don't think it weighs too much on admission process. Indeed a low score is a bad sign, but you don't need to stress too much about it. There are more important things than just practicing GRE math numbly.

TOEFL Score: Waived

Program Applying: Pure Math ph.D

Research Experience: One research project on complex geometry with professor at my school, nothing published. The professor wrote me a letter of recommendation. The special thing is that I was the only 2 students in our department to get this opportunity. I am not US citizen so I don't get a lot of opportunity for REU.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental award that is given once a year. Phi beta kappa.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Went to a conference for female mathematicians. Did an independent study on fractal geometry and gave a talk in school. Did a directed reading program on arithmetic geometry and gave a talk to math faculty and students. Had been a volunteer Teaching Assistance in China for a pretty fancy "summer camp" called Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China. Nothing interesting.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 5 grad courses. The only interesting thing I did. My strength is that my recommenders know me very well and they all like me very much. One recommender is from UPenn, the other from UCSB, and the other from Rutgers which are all in my list. The recommender from UPenn actually taught me graduate course (topology) and I got an A in his class so I think he would have something to say about it. Also I know a professor from Purdue who have recommended me to their department chair. I met her at the conference and I invited her to our university to give a talk because I really think her research is interesting and meaningful (mathematical biology).
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My dad has a phD in fluid dynamics, and my aunt has a phD in chemistry. My mother's side of family is Korean (Joseonjok, Korean minority in China) and my dad's side Chinese. Lot to write about in "cultural background" essays.

Applying to Where:
Super Reach
Michigan Ann Arbor -
UPenn - Invited to open house- 1/14

Reach
UIUC - Admitted - 1/8
(Thought I was dreaming the whole day I got the email!)
UCSD -
Notre Dame -
Rutgers -

Match (I hope)
UCSB -
Indiana Bloomington -
Purdue -
Maryland -
Michigan State -

I wanted to apply to some safety school but at the end of the semester I just got tired from all these applications. Also it's a lot of money to apply. Plus my UPenn recommender think it unnecessary to apply to the safety schools I initially suggested.

youngsmasher
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by youngsmasher » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large public university, well-known for math
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.94 overall
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 870 (89%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD in analysis

Research Experience: N/A
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA-like position for undergraduates
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
- Will graduate with around 14 grad courses (real/complex analysis, differential geometry, probability theory, some applied classes)
- One recommender is very famous in analysis and the other two are well-known in their respective fields; did not know them particularly well, however
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Had an SDE internship

Applying to Where:
Safety:
UCI
UCSD

Not Safety:
UCLA - Accepted by e-mail 1/18/20 (This was my top choice! :D )
Berkeley
NYU
Purdue
UW
Caltech
Columbia
Stanford
MIT
UChicago
Cornell
Brown
Princeton

Alkaline
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Alkaline » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:44 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Central Oklahoma
Major(s): Actuarial Science
GPA: 3.92/4.0
Type of Student: International, Male, Black

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161 (76%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.5 (81%)

Program Applying: Math/Financial Math PhD Programs

Research Experience: Two year-long research/stat consulting projects. Both published in not-so-impressive journals. Presented both at regional conferences as well as at NCUR.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several within my school
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math Tutor for one year on campus, Actuarial Internship for one year but I'm not sure that'll be much help.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
School - Emory University (Math) / Pending
School - Florida State University (Financial Mathematics) / Pending
School - University of Florida (Math - Quantitative Finance Track) / Pending
School - University of Central Florida (Financial Mathematics) / Pending

I didn't take the GRE Subject Test because I waited way too long before I decided to apply to grad school and then it was just too late to take the test. Casually freaking out about this whole process; this waiting game is slowly killing me. Hoping to receive some good news soon!

coru97
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Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:48 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by coru97 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big university in Spain
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics Engineering (technically speaking, this is a second Major)
GPA: 9.51/10.00 in Math (nevertheless I don't think this is quite translatable to USA GPAs, for example, I am top of my class with more than half a point of difference)
Type of Student: International, Spanish, Caucasian/Hispanic, Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: About 40%
W: About 15% (I dont think they care much about the last two in Math)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 970 (99%)

TOEFL Score: (108 = R29/L29/S25/W25)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: One scientific paper (Analytic NT, not published yet). Research experience at Princeton in Analysis of Fluids (PDEs) and at ICMAT (Madrid, Spain). Also some workshops in PDEs, Harmonic Analysis and Functional Analysis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A lot of math olympiads (bronze IMO, two golds and one silver IMC...)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA 4h/week in my 4th year, RA 15h/week in my 4th year (analytic NT). In my undergrad program, we have a 5th year of full-time research (Analysis of Fluids/PDE).
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I personally think that the letters of recommendation are the decisive factor for top schools, once you have good GPA+MathGRE. My letters were good (one of them is at Princeton), and I guess they had a really good opinion of me (I was working for more than 4 months with two of my recommenders).

Applying to Where:
Princeton - Admitted by informal email
NYU (Courant) -
UChicago - Admitted with a formal offer
UCLA -
MIT - Admitted with a formal offer (01/25)



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